With summer here, it’s time to consider a colourful, luxurious silk scarf to take any outfit to the next level (or to wear as a chic, non-medical grade face covering). A scarf, at the end of the day, can be whatever you want it to be; tie around your neck or keep in your bag for supermarket trips, drape it nonchalantly over your shoulders or wear as a top, the choice is yours …
Here, we’ve gathered the best of the best from Irish designers.
Cream Leopard Lovers silk scarf, €182.95, at Liobhan Alanna
Dubliner Liobhan Alanna Clancy studied textile design at NCAD before moving to New York to work in the interior textile design sector. Three years ago, she moved to London to complete a masters in illustration at University of the Arts and decided to start her own eponymous luxury scarf label. Taking inspiration from the natural world, from the tropical magic of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Jardin Majorelle in Morocco to the majesty of Kew Gardens yearly themed orchid festival, she garners inspiration from the rich tapestry of flora and fauna. Clancy combines traditional hand-drawn techniques with modern digital printing to create imagery for her luxe, sustainably-sourced silk scarves with hand-rolled edges. Each purchase plants one tree in the Amazon rainforest. www.liobhanalanna.com
In Bloom silk scarf, £190, at Eadach
Drawing on the mythology surrounding the Victorian language of flowers, Sara O’Neill’s new In Bloom print for her luxury scarf label Éadach is a homage to mother nature. “Lately, when we’ve been out walking in the evenings through the forest and up to the cliffs, I have started to feel that we are trespassing on someone, or something, else’s territory. Nature is reclaiming; blooms and foliage are more abundant, birds are louder, more vocal,” says the artist. The In Bloom scarf is made from a small, dense weave silk that shows off her flora and fauna delicate illustration beautifully. The Éadach In Bloom scarf will be available next week. www.eadach.com
Empowerment / Duine ar Leith silk scarf, €65; www.susannaghgrogan.ie
Susannagh Grogan’s new Empowerment collection of silk scarves has been designed as a talisman, a token of affection for someone who needs to be reminded how loved, strong, brave, extraordinary or empowered they are. The 60x60cm silk scarves have been designed in five vibrant different colours with an empowering word in large font in contrasting colours stamped in the middle. The empowering word can be selected in English or Irish, words like Brave (or Curúil, warrior-like / brave), Love (or Grá, love/passion/fondness), Extraordinary (or Láidir, strong person), Boundless (or Duine ar leith, a person apart/a remarkable person) and Empowered (or Éifeachtach, forceful / significant / powerful / highly capable). A perfect gift for someone special, or yourself. Gift wrapped scarves are €65 each, at www.susannaghgrogan.ie.
Pink silk bandana scarf, €55, at Lou Brennan
Award-winning Glossy go-to textile designer Lou Brennan hand draws and makes exquisite silk and cashmere scarves for maximum impact. Her classic 90x90cm silk twill scarves will add an air of elegance to your outfit while her XL feather-light cashmere-blend scarves are extra luxe to keep you looking sophisticated and, of course, warm and her jaunty bandana-style silk neckerchiefs will make you want one in every colour. www.loubrennan.com
Neon yellow Zebras silk scarf, from €35, at Debbie Millington
“Colour has a wonderful way of enhancing our lives and well being,” says luxury scarf designer Debbie Millington, whose namesake label is heavily influenced by colour. “It can impact on the choices we make, the food we eat, what we buy, the clothes we wear,” she says. According to the Irish designer, a colourful silk scarf has the power to lift your mood, making us look and feel more confident. “A silk scarf frames the face and is the first thing people see. It’s an instant way to communicate how we are feeling. Naturally, we are drawn to certain colours”. New to Millington’s eponymous label are silk pyjamas, silk pillow cases, eye mask sets and also pocket squares, ideal for Father’s Day. www.debbiemillington.com
Main featured image: Photographed by Olivia Graham. Scarf by Lou Brennan.
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